Rookie Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 19th home run and the New York Yankees connected five times in all, battering Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles 16-3 Saturday night for their fourth straight win.
Judge has been in a zone at the plate all season long, and he's upped the ante for the hardest-hit ball in 2017 time and again over the past few months.
In the second, second baseman Castro cracked a three-run shot to left-center field, his 11th of the season. However, he bested that mark on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox when he lined a single up the middle that traveled at 119.8 miles per hour.
Tejada singled in the second to go with his fifth-inning double and also made a nice backhanded diving play at third on Castro's sharply hit grounder to get the Orioles out of the seventh inning.
Tillman's bad night continued in the second, when he issued back-to-back four-pitch walks to Judge and Holliday.
The Orioles allowed eight runs in Friday's loss and five or more runs in six straight games. He struck out eight and walked two in his 89-pitch outing. Souza, who entered in a 1-for-24 slide, had three hits and came within a double of hitting for the cycle.
"And then after that, he settled in pretty nicely", Girardi said, adding that the lefty and catcher Gary Sanchez executed the game plan well. Two batters later, No. 9 hitter Ruben Tejada singled to put two on with one out, but Montgomery was not fazed, and ended up retiring 17 of the next 18 batters he faced. Baltimore RHP Darren O'Day was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder and RHP Stefan Crichton was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. All-Star 3B Manny Machado sat out for the second consecutive game.
This one never was close, as the Yankees knocked out their personal punching bag, Chris Tillman, in the second inning after pounding him for nine runs and three homers, and Severino gave up just a run on two hits in seven innings. Castillo has been on the 10-day DL since May 31 with a testicular injury.
Greg Bird (ankle bruise) was scheduled to play his ninth rehab game Saturday, his third with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but Girardi didn't have a timetable for Bird's return.
Every starter had at least hit and six starters recorded multi-hit games for the Yankees, who have scored 41 runs in their last four games.
Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) will not travel with the Yankees for their upcoming West Coast trip against the Angels and Athletics. However, the team needs to start playing better or they will miss out on the postseason again with teams like the Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, and Tampa Bay Rays competing for the two AL Wildcard spots. In four Triple-A appearances, including three starts, he's gone 2-1 with a 3.76 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings.